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Lauren and Sunny: Swiftwater Cellars Winter Wedding

Lauren and Sunny had a wonderful winter wedding at Swiftwater Cellars in Cle Elum, WA. Swiftwater Cellars is a warm, cozy place to be, in a beautiful setting, on a winter day. A few of my favorite shots from their wedding day photography may be found below. One of the fun shots we did right before the ceremony was to have the bride and groom stand in the doorways of their dressing rooms surrounded by their wedding party, but so that they could not see each other. They wanted the first time they saw each other to be at the wedding ceremony.

Britney and Gerath: Swiftwater Cellars Winter Wedding

When you plan a winter wedding in the mountains, you expect that there will be snow. I immediately began thinking about possible locations for dramatic, snowy photos when Britney and Gerath asked me to be the photographer for their winter wedding at Swiftwater Cellars at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, WA..  As the wedding day approached and I monitored the weather reports, it became clear it was not going to be a “white wedding.” However, one of the things I love about working at Swiftwater Cellars is that there are a lot of great interior and architectural features that can be used as photography backdrops. We did a “first look” on the patio, which probably would not be possible in the summer, when people are congregating there. Friends and family were even able to secretly watch the first look from the dining room inside without being obtrusive. Another great winter seasonal find was a small grass island on the adjacent golf course that had been created by a sand trap on one side and a small temporary frozen pond on the other side. Some of my favorite unique details at Britney and Gerath’s wedding were the superhero theme– the guys all had a set of superhero cufflinks and the cake topper had Gerath ripping his shirt off to show a Batman suit– and the thumbprint sign-in tree. I had a great time working with Britney and Gerath and wish them the best as they begin the next chapter in their lives together.



Kellie and Brian: Swiftwater Cellars Wedding Photography

Kellie and Brian gathered friends and family from all over the country to celebrate their wedding at Swiftwater Cellars winery at Suncadia. A sunny but breezy outdoor ceremony was followed by a reception in the Swiftwater Room, a beautiful stone and wooden-beamed cellar space where the winery does their production and fermentation. While I am often drawn to outdoor landscapes for photographing bride and groom portraits and wedding party photos, the indoor and architectural spaces that Swiftwater offers give many options for a wedding photographer to take beautiful, creative portraits without ever leaving the building. I especially like the solid wood doors, the barrel rooms–where the wine is aged–and the medieval European ambiance of the Black Diamond room. As an extra bonus, the temperature-controlled barrel room offers a welcome cool-down on a hot day. After dinner and cake cutting (I love how it looks like they are about to take a big bite out of the cake in this shot), the dance floor lit up and it was truly an all-ages event with everyone out on the floor.